In my work as a professional organizer, I like to tell clients, “there are no hopeless cases.” There are no lost causes. Even when things seem really difficult, really complex, really exhausting — there’s always something we can do to move you closer toward organization. And when organization doesn’t seem to “stick” the first time […]
Are you a hoarder or just disorganized?
On more than one occasion, I have had organizing clients tell me that they are hoarders. They point to a mound of paperwork or a closet overflowing with craft supplies as evidence of their hoarding behavior. One person pointed to a shelf full of haircare products.These same people often feel such a sense of self-disgust […]
How you can participate in scholarly research on compulsive hoarding
If you struggle with compulsive hoarding or have a family member who does, please consider participating in this survey for a research study from the University of Minnesota. Jennifer Sampson, the researcher conducting this survey, writes, “To date, there are no large-scale studies that examine the joint influence that family experiences and unresolved trauma have […]
A year ago in review: why your stuff is suffocating you, 4 essentials for organizing paper & more
Just in care you missed it, here’s what we were discussing a year or two ago the week of April 4: 2011 Feel like you are drowning in your stuff? Maybe these “should” statements are to blame Too often, our things oppress us because they carry with them so many responsibilities and obligations. See if […]